Reptiles, snakes, dragons, oh my.
The public is invited to come see Halifax County Middle School’s Herpetology and Marine Biology Center during its grand opening as part of a Night of Innovation at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
The center is designed to broaden the minds of middle school students with real-life, hands-on experiences that provide relevance to science curricula.
It currently houses various reptiles, including snakes, bearded dragons and iguanas as well as a saltwater touch tank with urchins, shrimp and a chocolate chip starfish.
“The center is unique to Halifax County and highlights an innovative instructional platform that can be used by every student in our school division,” said Superintendent Dr. Mark Lineburg.
It is one of two centers in the state of Virginia and is the only one of its kind in this region.
Also as part of the Night of Innovation announcements will be made regarding partnerships with Microsoft and GRASP, Great Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc.
“We’re going to talk about some partnerships we have with Microsoft and coding and our program GRASP, which is going to be a grant-based program that we received,” said Lineburg.
“It’s going to help students with financial aid. We will have somebody there to help us through the financial aid a few days a week.”
Students in grades preK-12 also will showcase innovative projects, technology they use in the classroom, and the robotics team will do a demonstration.
There will be door prizes, and the school with the greatest percentage of students attending will receive a set of Ozobots, which are coding robots.